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Our Favorite Chardonnays

Chardonnay remains the most popular white wine grape in the United States and one of the most widely planted grape varieties in the world. Chardonnay lends itself to almost any style of winemaking; from dry still wines, to sparkling wines, to sweet late harvest. Depending on the amount of charring that the oak was treated with, this can introduce a "toastiness" and flavors that can include caramel, cream, smoke, spice, coconut, cinnamon, cloves and vanilla.

Due to the wide range of styles, Chardonnay has the potential to be paired with a diverse spectrum of foods and is most commonly paired with roast chicken and other white meats such as turkey. The regional influences of Chardonnay help it pair with diverse food styles…  Heavily oaked Chardonnays tend to go better with smoked fish, spicy Asian cuisine, garlic and avocado dishes. Chardonnays containing more acidity, tend to pair well with tomato-based dishes and items featuring onions. Older, more mellow Chardonnays are often paired with more "earthy" dishes like mushroom soup and aged cheeses. One rule of thumb… in general, foods that you might put butter on often pair well with a medium to full-bodied chardonnay.

Here are 15 of our favorites, all under $50, and all with great scores!

2019 Stags Leap - Chardonnay Napa
750ml | SKU 85082 
JS
94
Fresh, vibrant and mouthwatering...
2017 Jordan - Chardonnay Russian River
750ml | SKU 84025 
WE
90
A beauty from the Russian River. Flavors of stone, white flowers and ripe apple combine to create a nuanced yet rich feel.
2017 Beringer - Chardonnay Napa Private Reserve
750ml | SKU 81991 
JS
96
The 2017 Chardonnay is fresh, vibrant, and well-balanced with medium weight trending to richness.
2018 Failla - Chardonnay Sonoma Coast
750ml | SKU 83131 
VM
91
This is such a classy wine...beautifully sculpted throughout. Owned & made by Ehren Jordon, one of the 'greatest of all-time' winemakers in the US.
2016 Oceano Wines - Chardonnay San Luis Obispo
750ml | SKU 74261 
WE
91
A delicious and beautifully balanced 'French' style Chardonnay from our friend Rachel Martin !
2016 Fontanella Family - Chardonnay Napa Mt Veeder
750ml | SKU 77457  A finely crafted Chardonnay from one of our favorite small, family-run, wineries. Located on Mt Veeder they are leading the new generation of exceptional winemaking in Napa valley.
2017 ZD - Chardonnay California
750ml | SKU 84743  Rich, buttery, oaky... A classic Napa Chardonnay!
2018 Diatom - Chardonnay Central Coast Katherine
750ml | SKU 84521 
JD
95
...this gorgeous Chardonnay does everything right.
2017 Ojai - Chardonnay Santa Barbara Puerta del Mar Special Bottling
750ml | SKU 82861 
JD
95
VM
95
...a gorgeous, expressive super-classic Santa Barbara Chardonnay loaded with personality.
2018 Favia - Chardonnay Coombsville CARBONE
750ml | SKU 80136 
VM
92
The 2018 Carbone Chardonnay is a gorgeous and compelling wine...
2016 Hartford Court - Chardonnay Sonoma Three Jacks
750ml | SKU 83514 
JD
97
It's a gem in this lineup. There are a scant 327 cases made.
2017 Anthill Farms - Chardonnay Sonoma Peugh Vineyard
750ml | SKU 78005  This head-trained vineyard sits smack dab in the middle of the Russian River Valley
2018 Lewis Cellar - Chardonnay Napa
750ml | SKU 83661 
WS
93
A classic Napa Chardonnay. Well-knit and powerfully structured, with unctuous flavors of ripe pear.